Pingree Announces Funding to Support Maine’s Arts Economy


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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) Maine announced today the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $426,800. to the Maine Arts Commission to deliver relief to the state’s cultural economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds, appropriated through the CARES Act, will be re-granted to Maine arts organizations to preserve jobs and cover operational costs.

“For the 5.1 million Americans who work in our nations’ arts and culture sector, this pandemic has taken a devastating toll.  Public health protocols  have required museums to shutter and performing artists to cancel shows in order to stay home, including thousands here in Maine.  That’s why I pushed House leadership to prioritize economic relief for our nations’ creative sector at the last COVID-19 package,” said Pingree.  “JUst 18 days after the CARES Act was signed into law, the first round of funding I fought to include in this legislation is coming to Maine.  This federal support will deliver much-needed relief to Maine’s world-class arts community as it faces this unprecedented challenge.”